Joseph Aamidor
Joseph Aamidor
Senior Product & Market Strategy Consultant, Aamidor Consulting

Joseph Aamidor is a senior product and market strategy consultant focused on smart buildings, IoT, energy and real estate. He has nearly 15 years of experience in building and energy technology. He provides strategic guidance and advice to established building management firms, technology providers, and early-stage innovators. He helps these firms understand the smart buildings market, develop competitive strategy, and forge partnerships. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls. He frequently speaks at industry events and regularly publishes articles on the energy and smart building industry. Connect with him on Twitter (at https://twitter.com/jaamidor) and LinkedIn (at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaamidor) or at http://www.aamidorconsulting.com

Yang Bai
Yang Bai
Technical Lead, Enterprise Energy Services, Nest/Google

Yang Bai is a technical lead of enterprise energy services at Nest/Google. He spearheads efforts to leverage Google's expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing in the transformation of energy systems. During the Total Solar Eclipse last summer, Yang and his team deployed a demand response event on over 750K Nest thermostats that tracked the eclipse trajectory across America and delivered over 700MW load reduction.

Prior to Nest, Yang pursued a PhD in Robotics from Northwestern University and a BS in Math/Physics/EE from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Rishi Bhakar
Rishi Bhakar
Vice President, Tenaska

Rishi Bhakar has 25 years of experience in power, energy and technology industries. He has been investing in power and energy companies and projects for over 10 years at Tenaska. In his current role, Rishi leads new investments in energy-related businesses especially focused on advanced energy, distributed resources, micro-grid, storage, data analytics and grid’s edge. He also pursues acquisitions of generation assets, assists in equity and debt financings, and monitors existing portfolio.
Prior to joining Tenaska in 2008, Rishi worked at Wedbush Securities advising middle-market companies in technology and environmental sectors on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions. He has over a decade of software development and management experience at companies like Intel, ADP, Ingram Micro and Fujitsu.
Rishi is on the board of two non-profits promoting neighborhood transformation and entrepreneurship, namely Spark, a community development intermediary and ACG Nebraska. He earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Pune, India.

Kari Binley
Kari Binley
Expert Product Manager, Energy Efficiency, PG&E

Kari Binley is an Expert Product Manager on the Energy Efficiency team at PG&E working on a number of innovative customer and technology solutions.  Kari was on the team that launched the PG&E Marketplace in early 2015 and continues to manage the program today.  Other innovative projects include PG&E’s Connected Home Strategy, working on voice assistant integration, and finding new and innovative energy savings products for the PG&E residential portfolio.   Kari began her career in consumer products as a merchant for consumer electronics retailers and as an Executive Director at a small sustainability non-profit in the Bay Area.

Phil Blythe
Phil Blythe
CEO & Founder, Greensync

As our Founder and CEO of GreenSync, Phil is forging new paths to energy management in Australia through cloud analytics, grid-edge technologies and network optimisation. With over 15 years’ experience commercialising new technology in global markets, Phil has been the lead technologist at five start-ups in the UK and Australia, including multimedia, cryptography, and smart buildings.
Starting his career as an aerospace engineer and professional pilot, Phil followed his passion for advanced technology and research into machine learning and artificial intelligence. He moved into energy to counter the looming threat of climate change and is now focused on reinventing the energy system to build a better future. Phil continues to play a key role in the governance of GreenSync as a member of the board. He is an active contributor to discussions about the future of global energy markets, and has held academic posts at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and the University of Sydney, where he obtained his PhD.

Paul Breslow, Ph.D.
Paul Breslow, Ph.D.
Principal, Open Innovation, EDF Innovation Lab, Inc.

Paul joined the EDF Group (Électricité de France) Open Innovation team in June 2015. He supports technology scouting for business units within the entire EDF Group, manages relationships with the start-up and innovation ecosystems in North America, participates and leads R&D projects, and assists business units in accelerating new business development.

EDF is an $80B/yr global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. EDF’s 140 GW’s of generation capacity and 150k employees across 30+ countries generate over 650 TWH’s of electricity for 40M customers – and 85% of that electricity generated is carbon free.  In the US, EDF operates EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco), EDF Trading and Energy Services, Groom Energy, EDF R&D, and ~7 GW of generation capacity.  Globally, EDF is active in the entire value chain of the electric industry, including R&D, project development, generation, trading, transmission, distribution, sales, and services.

Paul has over 15 years of experience throughout the value chain of clean energy development, commercialization, and deployment.  Prior to EDF, Paul held key roles on the analysis, marketing, product development, project development, business development, and corporate development teams in start-ups and large international energy companies, including QBotix, AUO/BenQ, Suntech/Gemini, and several C&I PV developer/integrators. Paul graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a BSE, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering focused on clean energy technologies, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, and electricity demand forecasting.

Stina Brock
Stina Brock
Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions, Sunverge Energy, Inc.

Stina Brock is the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge and currently leads Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. Stina is focused on developing strategies to monetize the value that distributed energy resources can provide to consumers, utilities, and grid operators. She is working on the application of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to the energy industry and on innovative ways to disrupt energy markets. At Sunverge, Stina is responsible for developing Sunverge's product and utility offerings.  She has been with Sunverge since 2012 and, as an original member of the product team, grew the company's product to commercialization. Previous to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed demand response program operations at EnerNOC, a smart grid industry leader. She started her career at Accenture as a management consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, where she researched distributed and renewable power generation, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

Michael Carlson
Michael Carlson
President, Siemens Digital Grid US

Mike is a global management executive with more than 25 years of experience in finance, technology and operations management across industries. Currently, Mike is President of Siemens Digital Grid in the United States. Mike’s initial background started in finance and systems and he has dedicated his nearly 20 years in the utility industry to harnessing technology to achieve value through business transformation and grid modernization. As the former CIO of Xcel Energy, Mike was a key player in designing and implementing the utility’s business transformation and smart grid strategy. In his current role at Siemens, Mike is responsible for driving the business strategy and execution for the Digital Grid business and global software development.

Mike earned his B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from Union College and his M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from Pepperdine University.

Ugo Catry
Ugo Catry
Investment Manager, Total Energy Ventures

Ugo is an Investment Manager at Total Energy Ventures, the VC arm of Total.

Ugo has been spending the last 7 years in Beijing, Paris and now San Francisco leading Total’s investments in decentralized energy resources and in mobility. Ugo led TEV’s investments in Xee and worked closely with the team on Stem, CosmoTech, Sunverge, NexSteppe or Purple.

Ugo also oversees Total’s business development and M&A efforts in North America in renewables and mobility.

Ugo is from Paris and graduated from HEC Paris, Les Mines ParisTech and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Upendra J. Chivukula
Upendra J. Chivukula
Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Upendra J. Chivukula was nominated by Governor Christopher J. Christie as a Commissioner to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities on September 18, 2014 and confirmed by the Senate on September 22, 2014

Prior to his nomination, Mr. Chivukula served in the New Jersey Assembly representing the 17th legislative district, where he served as chair of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.  He also had the honor of serving as Vice Chair of Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Commerce and Economic Development, and Environment and Solid Waste.

Mr. Chivukula was also a founding member and Co-Chair of the NJ Science & Technology Legislative Caucus and the NJ World Languages & International Studies Legislative Caucus. He was a member of the Commission on Science and Technology, and the Health Information Technology Commissions.

Before becoming a state legislator, Mr. Chivukula served as Mayor of Franklin Township for a year and on Town Council for another seven years.  He also served on the National Council of State Legislatures and on the Council of State Governments.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Chivukula worked as an engineer for AT&T and as a project engineer for Leeds & Northrup building waste treatment plant control.

He currently serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC).  In 2015 he was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) as well as NARUC’s Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM) Task Force. 

Mr. Chivukula received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering, Chennai, India, and Master of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College, New York, and took graduate courses in Electrical Engineering at Rutgers University.

Scott Clavenna
Scott Clavenna
Chairman, Greentech Media

Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.

Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.

Mark Dyson
Mark Dyson
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mark’s work focuses on several topics related to the changing nature of the electricity grid. Mark has contributed to RMI’s work on new approaches to grid resource planning that better account for the expanding role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Mark also helped lead RMI’s analysis of the potential of demand flexibility to reduce grid emissions and costs, and has engaged with several industry partners to launch new business models that take advantage of that potential.

BACKGROUND
Prior to joining RMI, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy software for grid dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large energy companies. Mark has also held research positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on improving regional electricity system planning models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on analysis of the potential for aggregated demand response programs to provide ancillary services.

Hilary Flynn
Hilary Flynn
Director, External Innovation, National Grid

Hilary Flynn is the Director of External Innovation at National Grid. In this role, she advises the regulated and unregulated businesses on emerging technology trends and market opportunities. She also works closely with the company’s external innovation partners, including incubators and associations, as well as startups. Prior to joining National Grid, Hilary was a Managing Consultant for Lux Research, a technology advisory firm, and responsible for the Asia Pacific consulting practice. She has also held consulting positions with MJ Bradley & Associates, Meister Consultants Group, and PHOTON Consulting.

Kyle Garton
Kyle Garton
Principal Product Manager, AutoGrid Systems

Kyle Garton is a Principal Product Manager at AutoGrid Systems, responsible for virtual power plant applications of energy storage, smart inverters, and electric vehicles for residential to industrial scale deployments across the globe.

Prior to AutoGrid, Kyle held product management positions at Stem and SunPower commercializing distributed behind-the-meter energy storage products. Kyle has been involved in deployments of distributed energy storage systems across the US, Germany, Japan and Australia; providing value to both customers and utilities with local energy optimization and virtual power plants capabilities. Prior to focusing on energy storage, Kyle held a business development role at SunPower, developing landmark solar projects for Fortune 100 clients, ranging from small rooftop systems to >20MW power plants. In his early career Kyle worked in academic research and development of next generation energy harvesting nanomaterials. Kyle holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from UC San Diego.

Sonja Glavaski
Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing  portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control  of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems.  Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Rachel Gold
Rachel Gold
Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute

Rachel Gold is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity and buildings practices. Rachel’s work focuses on changes to the utility business model and regulatory policy to advance the integration of distributed energy resources into the electricity system. Her most recent work addresses distributed energy resource (DER) customer engagement, including the opportunity for regulators in electric vehicle adoption and integration, and for utilities in testing new revenue streams to support DER adoption. She supports e-Lab strategy and business development, and served as the project manager for the first e-Lab Summit.

Rachel has also served a member of the Residential Energy+ team, where she led efforts to enhance transparency and valuation of energy upgrades throughout the residential real estate process.

Josh Gould
Josh Gould
Department Manager, Con Edison

Josh Gould is Department Manager for Con Edison’s “Utility of the Future” group, where he focuses on identifying new business opportunities related to the growth of distributed energy resources, and developing new REV demonstration projects. Prior to joining Con Edison, he led the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) approach to commercializing power systems research.  During his time at ARPA-E, he worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, Smart Wires, and ProsumerGrid who, in aggregate, raised over $100M in private capital and deployed technology developed in the program to utility customers. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he founded Gould Energy Storage, a firm that helped client Southern California Edison write the winning proposal for what was – at the time – the world's largest lithium-ion grid storage battery at a wind farm in Tehachapi, CA. Prior to this, he worked for Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and a Professor at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

David Groarke
David Groarke
Managing Director, Indigo Advisory Group

David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs ($1B+), led cleantech research teams and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo, David held executive positions at Accenture and PA Consulting Group and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.

Jon Guerster
Jon Guerster
CEO, Groom Energy Solutions

As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).

Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.

Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.

Stefan Jarnason
Stefan Jarnason
Co-Founder & CEO, Solar Analytics

Stefan is a pioneer in the development of the solar industry. His 20 years of experience includes ground breaking PV encapsulation research; development of the world’s first AC module system Plug&Power™; developing the Combined Cycle durability test program now used globally; building a 20MW manufacturing facility in Germany; PV system design; large scale solar power plant development; and solar home energy management. Holder of several patents he is recognised internationally for his deep industry expertise.

Co-founder and CEO of Solar Analytics, Stefan leads a team of engineers, developers and designers in providing analytics that empowers people to navigate the changing energy landscape (or as he likes to call it - peak solar for every roof).

Margarett Jolly
Margarett Jolly
Director, Demonstration Projects, Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison

Margarett Jolly collaborates with technology leaders in developing new solutions to open the grid to customers and grid participant.  Her professional and personal background provides her the technical and policy tools, partnerships and passion that are making the grid a better place.

She is recent Director of R&D at Con Edison and currently Director Demonstration Projects in the Customer Energy Solutions organization where her team solicits, develops, demonstrates, and scales alternative ways of doing business with the utility.  Demonstrations include new business models for storage, solar, rate design, low and middle-income customers, and web portals to connect residential and commercial customers with innovative energy management tools.

She has been with Con Edison since 1997.  Margarett’s early career included power plant control systems and boiler operations, followed by regulatory and energy markets policy, electric distribution engineering, and as the Company’s DG Ombudsperson.

She graduated from New York City Technical College in 1993 and from the Cooper Union in 1997 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering.  A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State since 2004, Margarett serves on the Boards of Green City Force and Grid Alternative Tri-State.

Margarett speaks regularly about the evolving role of the electric grid.

Gil C. Quiniones
Gil C. Quiniones
President & CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Mr. Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for reimagining New York State's energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Before joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.

Mr. Quiniones is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's international research and development organization. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and is NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

Sean Kane
Sean Kane
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sean Kane is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s Southern California Office. He is a leader in McKinsey’s Electric Power & Natural Gas practice with deep expertise in clean technology.
Sean serves utility, energy storage, and renewable energy clients on topics across strategy, innovation, and technology enabled operations.

Sean and received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he graduated with Dean’s Honors and Distinction.
Prior to McKinsey, Sean worked on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs, launched a social venture fund in Cape Town, South Africa, and worked as a private equity investor focusing on clean technologies.

Shayle Kann
Shayle Kann
Senior Vice President, Research & Strategy, Energy Impact Partners
Ben Kellison
Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, GTM Research

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).

Lydia Krefta
Lydia Krefta
Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies, Grid Innovation & Integration, PG&E

Lydia Krefta is a Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies on the Grid Innovation and Integration (GII) team at PG&E where she has been leading blockchain application development for two energy focused pilots, to be launched in 2018. In addition to blockchain, Lydia is developing and executing pilot projects related to vehicle-to-grid integration, EV communications protocols and residential/commercial/industrial building electrification. Prior to her current role, she developed long-term (15-30 years) gas and electric business model and investment strategies as part of the Corporate Strategy team. Lydia also has experience in the defense industry where she worked on the F-16 program at Northrop Grumman. She holds a B.S. w/Honors in Engineering Science from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Colin Lamb
Colin Lamb
Product Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy

Colin Lamb leads product development of new customer solutions at Xcel Energy, including innovative technology-driven partnerships and pilot programs across the Xcel Energy footprint. Recent projects include next generation demand management, optimized home energy efficiency and demand shifting, utility marketplace ecommerce and smart home services. Colin has startup, sales, and consulting experience, and his degrees include a BS in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MPA from University of Oregon.

Audrey Lee
Audrey Lee
Vice President, Energy Services, Sunrun

As Vice President of Grid Services, Audrey leads Sunrun’s efforts to deploy and aggregate residential solar plus storage to create cleaner and less costly grid infrastructure while reducing customers’ bills. Before joining Sunrun, Audrey was responsible for the analytics and operations platform to optimize fleets of distributed energy resources as virtual power plants at Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Inc.. Prior to that, she advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, demand response, and energy storage policy. Audrey also worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Yoav Lurie
Yoav Lurie
Founder & CEO, Simple Energy

Yoav Lurie is the CEO and Founder of Simple Energy, where he is responsible for the company’s overall strategy and direction. Simple Energy delivers a turnkey solution to help utilities build a customer relationship for the future by motivating customer action and streamlining transactions and program adoption. The Simple Energy customer engagement and marketplace solutions use data science, behavioral psychology, energy analytics, and integrated incentives with e-commerce to deliver energy and demand savings while enabling distributed energy resource adoption. For its utility customers, Simple Energy both meets regulation-driven energy efficiency goals and increases customer satisfaction.

Prior to founding Simple Energy, Yoav helped build Synteractive, a Washington, DC-based IT services firm, where he led the effort to rebuild Recovery.gov – the official U.S. Government website for tracking the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Yoav has also been a Managing Director at Teach For America and has worked with CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers that build crowd-sourced disaster relief web and mobile applications.

As an undergraduate at Duke University, Yoav started Camp Kesem, a free residential summer camp for children of cancer patients, which now has over 54 chapters in 27 states.

Under Yoav's direction of the company, Simple Energy has achieved the following notable awards:
Denver Business Journal's Healthiest Places to Work - 2015
Boulder Tech Innovator of the Year - 2015
Global Cleantech 100's Ones to Watch - 2014
Inc. Magazine’s top “30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs - 2012

He currently lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife and adorable 2-year-old daughter.

Sergej Mahnovski
Sergej Mahnovski
Director, Growth & Innovation, Edison International
Juan Manuel Alzate
Juan Manuel Alzate
Innovation Manager, Celsia

Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Master's in Hydraulic Resource Management Engineering from the same university, and Doctorate in Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes. Between 2011 and 2013 he served as Energy Markets Specialist at Celsia before joining the Argo Group as Director of Corporate Strategy focusing on energy issues. In 2015, he was appointed Innovation Manager at Celsia.

David Martin
David Martin
Managing Director, Power Ledger

David is the Managing Director of Power Ledger, a leading blockchain energy trading platform. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in the electricity industry and has held executive positions in two State-owned electricity utilities. David has spent the past 6 years as a senior consultant to industry participants specializing in regulation of distribution networks, DNSP consumer engagement, renewable/new technology feasibility studies and business development. David has significant experience in the challenges and opportunities facing regulated DNSPs as they transition to a new energy-demand paradigm that sees customer behaviour leading technology and service demand changes that can present “make or break” opportunities for DNSPs. David is passionate about the development of a low-carbon electricity system focused on the needs of all consumers.

Mark McGranaghan
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for the power distribution system and customer systems, as well as the related information, communication and cyber security infrastructure and systems. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems, and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power. Mark has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state public power organization. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s 2020 strategic vision - transforming The Authority into a 21st century utility of the future. In addition, Doug leads the creation of new strategic programs aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing innovative solutions to make the energy system more efficient and the grid more resilient. He has over 15 years’ experience helping utilities navigate complex technology, regulatory or market change across generation, transmission and distribution businesses.

Colleen Metelitsa
Colleen Metelitsa
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

Chris Moris
Chris Moris
Advanced Product Team Lead, Sunrun

Chris Moris leads the Sunrun Advanced Product team which includes BrightBox energy storage, controllable devices, and next generation energy solutions. The Advanced Product team develops and maintains first-to-market products that add value to the solar proposition through control and optimization of energy assets. Chris has spent the entirety of his career in Solar and has carried various roles from Operations, Software Automation, Engineering/Design, to Product. In the utility/grid space, Chris co-invented a distributed control system and was a Principal on the SolarCity Grid Engineering Solutions team.

Juan Muldoon
Juan Muldoon
Principal, Invenergy Future Fund

Juan Muldoon focuses on sourcing, evaluating, valuing, executing and managing the Fund’s portfolio, finding digital companies to make energy more affordable, reliable, and secure. Prior to joining the Invenergy Future Fund, Muldoon worked at JPMorgan Chase, developing expertise in business analysis, multi-asset class trading, investments strategy, and portfolio management. Muldoon has also worked in venture capital, leading diligence and investments for early-stage companies in technology, financial services, consumer products, and enterprise services. Muldoon is an observer on the board of Aquilon Energy Services and Nozomi Networks, and helped diligence the Fund’s investments in SparkCognition. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Daniel Munoz-Alvarez
Daniel Munoz-Alvarez
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Daniel is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research. He focuses on distribution automation, utility network operations, grid edge network analytics and utilities’ non-wires alternative projects. Prior to GTM, Daniel pursued a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Applied Economics at Cornell University. Throughout his doctoral studies, he examined the restructuring of electricity markets for the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and distributed energy resources. He graduated magna cum laude from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Anne Arquit Niederberger, Ph.D
Anne Arquit Niederberger, Ph.D
Vice President, Market Development, Enervee

Anne Arquit Niederberger is Vice President Market Development at Enervee, where she is responsible for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, government agencies and retail market actors around the globe to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. She began her career as a scientist, working with some of the leading figures in paleoclimatology and contributing to various Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments. She subsequently transitioned to a decade of climate & clean energy policy, serving during the 1990s in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate and energy policy and established Swiss carbon markets. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions, where she advised public and private clients globally on climate & clean energy solutions and spearheaded diverse implementation partnerships, such as the Standards for Energy Efficiency of Electric Motor Systems harmonization effort, the $1.2 billion Swiss Climate Cent and the World Bank National Strategy Studies program to support national carbon market development. She graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College, holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography, completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a focus on global change at the University of Bern (Switzerland), and served as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Anne and her husband now call beautiful Healdsburg CA home.

Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips
Co-Founder & CEO, Sense

Mike Phillips is the CEO and co-founder of Sense, a startup creating technology that helps homeowners better understand their energy use. A pioneer in the field of machine learning, Mike began his career in speech recognition. He worked as a researcher at MIT before co-founding two speech recognition companies (SpeechWorks and Vlingo) which brought groundbreaking speech recognition capabilities to call centers and to mobile phones, including the technology that powered virtual assistants across hundreds of millions of phones. Mike’s passion for machine learning led him to found Sense in 2013, bringing the power of machine learning into the home.

Julia Pyper
Julia Pyper
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering utilities, grid issues, electric vehicles, the solar industry and energy storage. Find her on Twitter @JMPyper.

Jan-Willem Rombouts
Jan-Willem Rombouts
Co-Founder, REstore

Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.

Lisa Salley
Lisa Salley
Vice President of Global Industry Services, American Petroleum Institute

With a comprehensive background in cutting edge technologies, Lisa Salley is a leader in managing and growing business operations with sustainability and profitability in mind. Lisa has more than 25 years leading product development in plastics and specialty chemicals, domestic and international energy storage and electrical grid operations for major corporations both domestically and in international markets.

Since 2015, Lisa has served as vice president of Global Industry Services at the American Petroleum Institute where she oversees all aspects of revenue-generating programs in certification, standards, training, events, publications and safety for onshore, offshore and refinery operations. Under Lisa’s leadership, the GIS division has grown net income year-over-year, playing a critical role in fostering standards adoption across the globe in the oil and natural gas industries. At API, Lisa oversees an international team, managing the GIS division’s staff and offices in Beijing, Dubai, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Houston and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining API, Lisa served as vice president and general manager of UL’s Energy and Power Technologies Division from 2013-2015. As a key member of the UL Commercial and Industrial Executive Leadership Team, Lisa was responsible for $300+ million global P&L business with over 13,000 customers in the electrical and renewable energy market, including all general management activities. At UL, Lisa exceeded financial targets by more than 25% over two consecutive years and spearheaded creation of one UL’s first Renewables Council, a group consisting of multiple stakeholders in solar, wind, energy storage systems and biofuels. The Renewables Council is dedicated to providing advice, expertise and guidance on standards development and management, development and sustainability of service programs, and UL’s engagement within the energy industry as a whole.
Lisa held multiple senior level positions during her 16-year career with GE from 1988-2004 under the influential leadership of the company’s esteemed former Chairman and CEO Jack Welch. Through her work within several GE divisions including Industrial Systems, GE Capital, GE Plastics and GE Consumer Products, Lisa developed her skills in leadership and business strategy. During her early days at GE, she successfully pioneered the implementation of a program for standardizing processes at multiple GE plants on the islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Lisa’s work with the storied energy firm culminated in her role as global general manager and chief quality officer for GE Power Management, where she guided global development and implementation of GE’s Six-Sigma program, the firm’s highly disciplined process for developing and delivering near-perfect products and services.

Prior to her time at GE, Lisa was a materials engineer at Dupont. She has also taken on strategic roles with Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc, a biotech firm specializing in immunotherapy, and specialty chemicals firm Rohm and Haas. Lisa is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management.
Dedicated to giving back to her community and mentoring the next generation of leaders and innovators, Lisa is an adjunct professor teaching business growth at Community College of Philadelphia and was appointed the GE campus coordinator for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Lisa also served on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at NCA&T.
She also has served as the Chairperson of the Greater Columbus Chapter of GE Elfun, an organization comprised of GE employees and retirees dedicated to community service and improving the lives of

Ben Sampson
Ben Sampson
Venture Investing, GE Ventures
Max Scher
Max Scher
Manager, Sustainability, Salesforce
Allan Schurr
Allan Schurr
Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock

Allan Schurr joined the Enchanted Rock team in 2018 and brings go-to-market expertise from over 30 years of experience in commercial and industrial energy services and innovative utility solutions.  Allan is responsible for direct sales, corporate and product marketing, and channel sales functions.

Prior to joining Enchanted Rock, Allan was founding president of Edison Energy LLC, an energy advisory and solutions unit of Edison International, was vice president for IBM’s Energy and Utilities industry, led marketing and business development at Silicon Energy, a pioneer in enterprise energy management software that was later acquired by Itron, and utility and non-utility senior roles at Pacific Gas and Electric.

Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, a masters degree in business administration from St. Mary’s College in California, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.  He is co-inventor on seven patents related to distributed energy.

Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor
Vice President, Energy Solutions, Siemens Energy Management, Digital Grid

Siemens is investing in industry experts for product delivery. Jim is an Executive Grid Expert with a diverse background and knowledge of utility operations. This allows him to partner with Utilities and to translate business and technical needs into OT/IT solutions to maximize value for utilities. Jim Taylor is a nationally recognized electric industry leader and innovator of high character and credibility. His goal is to make complex ideas simple and inspire people to push the bounds of technology and their own barriers to achieve great results in a collaborative manner. He understands the need to pursue new ideas and technologies in order to continue to provide utility customers with leading-edge products and services. He is a highly motivated individual who works well in teams to get things accomplished. He is currently the VP Utility Solutions for Siemens Energy Management, Digital Grid.

Marco Terruzzin
Marco Terruzzin
Director, Energy Storage, E.ON

Marco Terruzzin – Based in San Francisco, California, Marco Terruzzin is an internationally recognized expert in clean tech and climate change mitigation strategies having developed 200+ carbon emission reduction projects under the Kyoto protocol (~$2 billion value). With over 20 years of experience, he is an accomplished clean tech executive with a track record of increasing EBITDA and generating multi-million dollar revenue streams across the carbon markets, energy storage and renewable energy industries. Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in recruiting and building teams and growing innovative initiatives into multi-million dollar businesses lines. He has held senior management positions at leading energy companies like E.ON Climate and Renewables (one of Europe’s largest public energy companies), General Electric Wind, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Darden School of Business, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics).

Arthur (Bud) Vos
Arthur (Bud) Vos
President & CEO, Enbala Power Networks

With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business as it continues to expand its energy balancing platform capabilities and applications for the utility market. Previously, Bud worked as the COO of Simple Energy and was also senior vice president of utility sales and the chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the company’s technology architecture while working with the utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology.

Jon Wellinghoff
Jon Wellinghoff
CEO, Grid Policy Inc.
Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong
President & CEO, Opus One Solutions

Joshua Wong is President and CEO at Opus One Solutions where he leads the company mission to empower the decentralized energy economy, for a reliable clean energy grid that is environmentally, technical, and economically sustainable. Prior to Opus One, Joshua was Director of Engineering at eCAMION, an energy storage company, and head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro where he led the policy, strategy, business, and engineering development of Toronto's smart grid infrastructure including a 25-year smart grid roadmap and the smart community initiative. Under Josh’s leadership Opus One is currently leading a $16.4M transactive energy management with Emera; partnering with National Grid to develop a first-of-its-kind “distributed system platform” under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, and deploying an enterprise integrated distribution planning project with a large investor owned utility to meet holistic planning requirements by bridging the gap between traditional distribution capacity planning and DER planning.

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Advisory Board

Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson
Vice President, Southern California Edison
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Utility of the Future, ComEd

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Mark Dyson
Mark Dyson
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mark’s work focuses on several topics related to the changing nature of the electricity grid. Mark has contributed to RMI’s work on new approaches to grid resource planning that better account for the expanding role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Mark also helped lead RMI’s analysis of the potential of demand flexibility to reduce grid emissions and costs, and has engaged with several industry partners to launch new business models that take advantage of that potential.

BACKGROUND
Prior to joining RMI, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy software for grid dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large energy companies. Mark has also held research positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on improving regional electricity system planning models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on analysis of the potential for aggregated demand response programs to provide ancillary services.

Michael Edmonds
Michael Edmonds
President, U.S. Business, S&C Electric Company

Based at S&C Electric Company’s headquarters Chicago IL, Michael Edmonds is the President of the US Business. This consists of all aspects of the business including the new portfolio and strategy for the US to solve customer problems ranging from traditional switching & protection, power quality/energy storage, Microgrid, asset management, grid network control, software and the grid connectivity systems required to enable the grid.

S&C Layered IntelligenceTM solution set for the Smart Grid are developed from strategic solutions and augmented via alliances. These include the IntelliTeam Self healing grid solutions, grid efficiency, demand response, communication systems, IntelliRupter pulse closer, active dynamic protection, energy storage, renewable integration and operations. Combined these offer product and solutions for the challenges the electrical power grid such as Grid Reliability, Efficiency & Capacity.

Prior to joining the S&C Electric Company in 2010, his previous roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies Inc. (PTI).

Robert F. Lurie
Robert F. Lurie
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Robert F. Lurie is the New York Power Authority's executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined the Power Authority in 2012, leading the management team in creating NYPA’s visionary strategic plan that includes becoming the first digital utility in the U.S., and accelerating the adoption of clean energy in New York State. He added the role of chief financial officer in 2014, bringing innovative financial structuring, new technology and process efficiencies to the financial function.  Mr. Lurie is also a member of the Transformation Advisory Council advising the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on the future electric system for the island, and is a member of the board of the Building Energy Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to building energy efficiency education and knowledge sharing.
Prior to joining NYPA, Mr. Lurie was vice president of North America business development for Ocean Power Technologies, a wave energy company in New Jersey, and directed mergers and acquisitions for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Pennsylvania. He served as the Chief of Strategic Planning at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2003-2007, leading the development of a 10-year, $20 billion strategic capital plan.
Mr. Lurie began his career in public finance. He served as the director of public finance for the State of New Jersey, managing over $8 billion in infrastructure funding and overseeing the financial activities of 15 state authorities, and as a vice president of investment banking in the public finance department at Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Lurie holds a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Mark McGranaghan
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for the power distribution system and customer systems, as well as the related information, communication and cyber security infrastructure and systems. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems, and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power. Mark has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Leslie Sibert
Leslie Sibert
Vice President, Grid Edge Technology & Development, Southern Company

Leslie Sibert is the Vice President of Grid Edge Technology & Development for Southern Company. In this position, Sibert is responsible for advancing the deployment of grid edge technology for Southern Company* to maintain a clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy system for its electric customers.
Prior to her current position, Sibert served as Georgia Power’s vice president of Distribution and vice president of Transmission. She is active in organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute Power Utilization Sector as vice-chair, the Southeastern Electric Exchange Board of Directors, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies Power Delivery committee, the Business Executives for National Security as co-chair of the Energy Council, the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute as board chair, and the Georgia Tech Electrical and Computing Engineering advisory board.
Sibert is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree.  She completed the Harvard Professional Management Development Program in 2001, the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute program in 2003, Leadership Georgia in 2011, and the International Women’s Forum Fellows program with executive studies at Harvard University and Cambridge University in 2011.

Jon Wellinghoff
Jon Wellinghoff
CEO, Grid Policy Inc.